Your guide to waxing for Summer 2019

Summer’s here – for many of us that means holidays in the sun and the daunting prospect of putting on the bikini or swimsuit – and looking good in it!

One of the aspects that always need to be considered is the removal of any unsightly body hair – whilst many are happy to take a razor to themselves, more and more people are turning to professional waxing to achieve that smoother, longer-lasting result and finish.

If you’ve not experienced waxing before, here are some aspects you should consider:

Waxing doesn’t make your hair grow back thicker

The commonly-held belief that waxing, or shaving, your hair means it will grow back thicker and darker is a complete myth!

Hair pigment, texture and thickness is dictated by genetics and hormones, and is unique to the individual. Hair removal has no effect on these characteristics – the misunderstanding arises through the fact that hair may APPEAR thicker if shaved because of the angle that it has been cut or sliced – waxing avoids this problem, as it removes hair from the root!

Waxing shouldn’t be too painful

Most people will experience a little discomfort during the process, but there are steps you can take to alleviate this. One tip is to avoid tea or coffee for up to five hours before your wax – caffeine restricts your blood vessels, and therefore increases sensitivity, so drink water instead prior to your treatment.

Prepare for your wax

The length of your hair is a factor – try to ensure that your hair is a decent length for a wax – about eighth to a quarter of an inch long. This helps the wax to ‘grip’ the hair and eases the removal from the root. It is a good idea to exfoliate the skin a couple of days before your body waxing, as this removes any dead skin cells, and avoid applying any skin products in this period.

Shaving between waxing treatments

If you are waxing regularly, every four-to-six weeks, than it is best to avoid shaving in between waxing sessions. As mentioned previously, your hair should be of a certain length for a successful wax and, as waxing slows down the regrowth of any removed hair, it is easier to remove when next waxed.

Shaving can irritate the exposed hair follicles and lead to unpleasant and painful in-growing hairs.

Exercise after waxing

Not an issue that everyone considers but, following a waxing session, especially an ‘intimate’ waxing, your skin may be sensitive, so you should avoid any tight clothing for at least twenty-four hours.

This is especially relevant for gym-clothing, as any friction or trapped sweat generated through a work-out, can cause some discomfort and irritation to the newly-waxed skin.

What to wear for a wax treatment

Choose loose clothing that allows the skin to breathe. Although some people may feel uncomfortable ‘baring all’ for a bikini, or intimate wax, remember that practitioners at a reputable body waxing salon are all professional and can also provide disposable underwear if you feel the need.

Holiday wax

If going away to the sun for your holiday, it is best to arrange for a wax two or three days before your departure. This will allow the skin to calm down again following your body waxing and prevent any inflammation.

Remember though – suitable SPF protection on the newly-exposed sensitive areas!

Optimise your wax

Having gone to the trouble, and expense, of a professional wax, you will want to get, and retain, the best results – remember to exfoliate and moisturise any waxed areas regularly.

At Biba’s Hair and Beauty in King’s Cross, waxing treatments are available for anyone. It isn’t necessarily an expensive service – cheap waxing treatments are available and delivered by trained, professional and experienced staff in comfortable surroundings.